Sumter County parents who are behind on child support payments are being offered the opportunity to get back on track with their payments just in time for the holiday season. This opportunity, appropriately called Settlement Day, is being offered by the Georgia Department of Human Resources’ Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) and is extended to all parents with a child support case in Sumter County who are at least two months behind on their payments. Parents wishing to take advantage of this rare opportunity to resolve their child support obligations are asked to report to the Sumter County Courthouse in Americus on November 15th between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

"Our objective is to ensure that children receive the support they need to help families remain self-sufficient," says OCSS Acting Director Keith Horton. "Settlement Days are one of many initiatives we offer to the public in order to assist them in keeping current with their financial obligations".

Parents who are behind on paying their arrears are in danger of having enforcement actions taken such as seizures of driver’s licenses, passports, lottery winnings, tax refunds and property liens. Over 1000 noncustodial parents in Sumter, Macon, Lee, Webster, Stewart, and Schley Counties were sent letters about this opportunity. However, those who did not receive a letter are welcome to come in and take advantage of the settlement opportunity. OCSS is encouraging any noncustodial parents to participate in this event. All parents should bring a valid driver’s license or other government-issued picture ID, social security card, money orders or cashier’s checks, proof of income and copies of any court orders that involve their children. Those parents who demonstrate a willingness to pay but do not earn enough wages will be referred to the Fatherhood Program, which provides low-income parents who owe child support with counseling and training at state technical colleges so they can increase their earning power.

During the last year’s Settlement Day event, the Americus OCSS collected a total of $109,462.86 in back child support back pay.

SOURCES: Office of Child Support Services and Americus Times-Recorder